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Drake Becomes First Lead Solo Male With Two 10-Week Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, as ‘God’s Plan’ Stays at the Summit


Drake Becomes First Lead Solo Male With Two 10-Week Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, as ‘God’s Plan’ Stays at the Summit

“Plan” joins “One Dance,” which led for 10 weeks in 2016.

Drake becomes the first male soloist to have tallied two 10-week No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in a lead role, as “God’s Plan” reigns for a 10th week (encompassing its entire run on the survey so far). The star’s “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, ruled for 10 weeks in 2016.

“God’s Plan,” meanwhile, is just the 36th no.1, of 1,071 total in the Hot 100’s 59-year history, to have led for at least 10 weeks, and the fifth to have spent at least its first 10 weeks on top.

Let’s run down the top 10 of the Hot 100 (dated April 7), which blends all-genre streaming, airplay and sales data. All charts will update on tomorrow (April 3).

As on the Hot 100, “Plan,” released on Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records, posts its 10th week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, down 11 percent to 61.1 million U.S. streams in the week ending March 29, according to Nielsen Music. While the streaming sum is the lowest for “Plan” to date, the song now sports 10 of the top 23 streaming weeks all-time.

“Plan” rebounds 2-1 for a seventh total week atop Digit Song Sales, despite a 5 percent drop to 42,000 downloads sold in the week ending March 29. On the Radio Songs chart, “Plan” holds at No. 4, after reaching No. 3, up 3 percent to 107 million in all-format airplay audience in the week ending April 1.

“Plan,” which launched atop the Feb. 3-dated Hot 100, is just the fifth hit to spend at least its first 10 weeks on the list at No. 1. It’s the first by a solo male since Elton John and Puff Daddy each achieved the feat in 1997:

Hits to Spend at Least Their First 10 Weeks on the Hot 100 at No. 1
16 weeks, “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, beginning Dec. 2, 1995
14 weeks, “Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” Elton John, Oct. 11, 1997
11 weeks, “I’ll Be Missing You,” Puff Daddy & Faith Evans feat. 112, June 14, 1997
10 weeks, “God’s Plan,” Drake, Feb. 3, 2018
10 weeks, “Hello,” Adele, Nov. 14, 2015

As for acts with multiple Hot 100 No. 1s that have each reigned for double-digit weeks, Drake is the sixth act overall and the first male to earn the honor twice in a lead role. Boyz II Men lead with three such No. 1s (“One Sweet Day,” with Mariah Carey, 16 weeks at No. 1, 1995-96; “I’ll Make Love to You,” 14 weeks, 1994; and “End of the Road,” 13 weeks, 1992). Carey, The Black Eyed Peas, Santana and Pharrell Williams also boast two No. 1s apiece that each led for at least 10 weeks, with Williams having joined the elite club as featured (with T.I.) on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (12 weeks, 2013) and his own “Happy” (10 weeks, 2014).

Find out more Hot 100 news in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column and by listening (and subscribing) to Billboard‘s Chart Beat Podcast and Pop Shop Podcast. And again, be sure to visit tomorrow (April 3), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.

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